Terry suffers broken orbital bone

Updated: March 5, 2010, 1:06 PM ET
By Jeff Caplan | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry is scheduled to have surgery Friday afternoon to repair facial injuries suffered after Minnesota guard Corey Brewer's elbow and forearm struck the left side of Terry's face during the third quarter of Wednesday's game.

Terry said the blow broke his orbital bone, the area that encases the socket of the eye. A timetable will be released after the surgery is performed.

After a trip to the locker room with trainer Casey Smith, Terry returned to the game three minutes later with a wad of tissue stuck up his left nostril to stop bleeding. He played the entire fourth quarter, when he scored seven of his team-high 26 points.

The Mavericks beat the Timberwolves 112-109 for their ninth straight victory.

After the game, Terry's left eye had nearly swollen shut.

A source close to the situation said Terry could miss seven to 10 days after the surgery, but it could be longer depending on the severity of the injury. Asked how long he might be sidelined, Terry said via text message: "Not long."

Brewer was unavailable for comment after Thursday's practice in Minnesota, but Timberwolves coach Kurt Rambis said he was sorry to hear about Terry's injury.

"It was completely inadvertent. There wasn't anything malicious to what Corey did. That's what the referees saw too," Rambis said. "That's unfortunate for Jason. That's unfortunate for the Mavericks as well."

Terry is averaging 17.0 points, 3.8 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.23 steals, while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from 3-point range. The reigning NBA Sixth Man of the Year is the only Maverick who has played in all 62 games this season.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report